The bond between mother and child is a unique one, isn't it? She carried you for nine months. She brought you into this world (and can take you out of it, lest you forget). She watched you grow and learn. She celebrated your highs and consoled you in your lows. She sent you off on your own with a knot in her stomach and a tissue in her hand. She welcomed you home for every holiday with a hug that lasted what would be an inappropriate amount of time were it anyone else. She mailed you polka dots clothes to refashion because she knows you've got a thing for polka dots. Wait, your mom didn't mail you polka dots clothes to refashion? Oh. Hmm... Well, maybe that's just my mom.
Anywho, my mom recently sent me a too-large hot pink polka dot dress someone else had given her and a black and white polka dot tank top she hadn't worn in years.
I knew exactly what I would do with the dress as I have done it a few times before. First, I cut out the mid-section.
In order to take in the bodice, I had to pick out the stitches where the facing was tacked down, then fold it upward to take in the side seams.
Then I tacked the facing back down again.
Next, I reattached the skirt to the bodice, adding four pleats to soak up the extra fabric. Then I top-stitched that seam for a nice, clean finish.
Since the lowest button was now much higher, high enough to be indecent in fact, I salvaged the buttons from the removed mid-section and added them at the bottom of the skirt. I simply sewed them on through both layers, rather than going to the trouble of creating buttonholes. There's no need for the front to be un-button-able this far down.
And behold, my new favorite dress!
Then it was time to tackle the black and white tank top. Unfortunately, the fabric was a little faded on one shoulder, and there was a small hole there as well. Also it was a little snug on The Girls (though Rosy managed to squeeze into it).
While brainstorming what to do, I asked myself what sort of fabric would go well with polka dots? If you said "polka dots", you're right! A couple weeks ago, when my Thrift Style Thursday pals and I each had a friend or family member style our outfits for that week's challenge, it occurred to me that I have a lot of things in my closet that I never wear. In fact, I have a lot of refashioned things in my closet that I never wear. This polka dot lace tank top is one of them. I wore it once for photos when I first refashioned it, and then I wore it a second time for the recent TST challenge. In addition to being a smidge too large, I have also come to realize that I absolutely will not layer in the summer. I want to wear as little as possible when it's hot as hell out there. Yep, I can't even stand to wear a little lace tank over a camisole. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but just wasn't practical. So I decided to re-refashion it! (And I plan to go through my closet again and do the same with other not-so-successful refashions.)
Since the damage to the black and white top was primarily on the front side, and since there was no bust shaping to distinguish back from front, I decided to use the back of this tank as the front of my new shirt. So I cut the side seams and shoulders of both tank tops, leaving the serged seam on the lace for stability and leaving about 1/2 inch of fabric on the black and white top to hide my raw edges later.
Next I sewed the new side and shoulder seams. Then I folded under the extra fabric and top-stitched for a finished appearance.
Finally, since I had used the back of the black and white top as the new front, I snipped out the old tag. It was faded to the point of illegibility anyway.
And now I've got a trendy solid-front-lace-back tank top with polka dots all over!